We’ve seen Miley Cyrus go through just about every phase imaginable.
From her days on Hannah Montana, to twerking on Robin Thicke, and singing about her Dead Petz… it was pretty shocking for many to see the 24-year-old in this new, girl-next-door image.
The Malibu songstress covers August’s Harper’s Bazaar (beautifully, we might add!), where she opened up about her desire not to be put in a box because “you’re supposed to change all the time.”
As for the unicorn-horn-and-a-prosthetic-pen!s-wearing Miley from not that long ago, Liam Hemsworth‘s bride-to-be admitted:“I feel really kind of far away from that person. I just want people to see that this is who I am right now. I’m not saying I’ve never been myself. Who I was on the last record was really who I am. It’s just myself has been a lot of different people because I change a lot.”
She later added: “Like, people will say, ‘You’ve changed.’ And that’s supposed to be derogatory. But you are supposed to change all the time.” But growing up in the spotlight definitely didn’t make it easy for the Nashville native to figure out who she is on her own.
“It’s really scary sometimes, someone saying, ‘This is who I am.’ People have known me since I was so young, they think they know me. I heard so many comments like, ‘We just want Miley back.’ But you can’t tell me who that is. I’m right here.”
The Disney darling revealed she didn’t realize the effects her past had on her until just recently:
“There’s so much I don’t remember about being a child entertainer because it was so much to keep in my brain. It’s like anything when you are in it. I didn’t realize how much pressure I was under and how that shaped me until, like, this year.”
At the time, the twerking and tongue-out period of her life was “kind of a ‘f*ck you'” to the system that restrained her.